Bal­ti­more school board OKs new GPA for ath­letes

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND WORLD -

Be­gin­ning next school year, all stu­dent ath­letes in Bal­ti­more City will be re­quired to main­tain a 2.0 grade point av­er­age to play on an in­ter­scholas­tic sports team. The city school board unan­i­mously ap­proved the re­quire­ment Tues­day, fol­low­ing a de­bate about whether ex­pec­ta­tions were too low for city school ath­letes. The 2.0 is the first min­i­mum GPA set in the dis­trict and will re­place a pol­icy that only re­quires that ath­letes not have more than one fail­ing grade. City school of­fi­cials orig­i­nally pro­posed to phase in the re­quire­ment to al­low ath­letes to main­tain a 1.75 GPA, or a C-, in the 2017-2018 school year, and a 2.0, or C, in 20182019. The “stag­gered im­ple­men­ta­tion” of the re­quire­ment drew back­lash from crit­ics who said the 1.75 was un­ac­cept­ably low – most dis­tricts have a 2.0 min­i­mum – and would not po­si­tion stu­dent ath­letes to meet the 2.3 GPA re­quired by the NCAA to play sports and re­ceive schol­ar­ships. The new pol­icy would main­tain the re­quire­ment that ath­letes have no more than one fail­ing grade.

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